It takes all sorts of rides to make Milwaukee Tools Young Street Machine of the Year the wildly varied competition it is, from classic muscle to modern performance, and everything in-between.
Remember, entries close this Sunday, April 30, so if you’re 24 or under, get your pics and words in now for a shot at an SM feature, $2500 cash from the legends at Milwaukee, and supreme bragging rights! Click here for more info and entry details.
Isaac Bevin – Chevrolet Silverado
“This is my ’76 C20 Silverado, with an ’88 cab. I got it off my grandad two or three years ago. It was a tow truck with a Chev six-cylinder; now it’s got a 350 SBC with a mild cam, Edelbrock Performer manifold, four-barrel Holley, and a set of Pacemakers with sprint car mufflers, mated to a 4L60E. She’s not the prettiest but sounds unreal! Plans are to do a 454 big-block swap and restore the paint to make it look like a 454SS, maybe even put a tow truck boom on the back just because, and drive the hell out of it!”
Duncan Allen – Volkswagen Beetle
“I learnt to drive in this car when it was stock as a rock, and now it’s bombed, I’m learning to drag race in it! It’s got a 2387cc mill built by myself with all the best bits available, including a CB Performance 86mm crank, AA 94mm pistons, 5.7” CB Super Race Rods, Scat C65 cam, Engel lifters, CB Street Eliminator heads, 51mm IDA carb, and 11.5:1 compression to make this baby bark! I’ve got two gearboxes for this Bug; one for the street with tall highway gears and one built for eighth-mile so it sings to 8000rpm in 4th. Inside it’s fitted with a race seat and four-point cage, because safety first!” Instagram @_duncan_allen_
Ain Morrison – Hyundai Excel
“Here’s a ’97 twin-cam Hyundai Excel. I originally bought it with a blown engine when I was 17, with the goal of making it into a fully built Circuit Excel competition car. It is now nearing completion for an entry-level car, with my first Circuit Excel event coming up next month. Over the last two years, the car has been stripped to almost a bare shell in my driveway and rebuilt with all the goodies you’d want! It’s taught me lifelong skills in mechanical aspects, fabrication and bodywork.” Instagram @10thgear1
Jesse Scott – Pontiac Bonneville
“Here is my 1980 Pontiac Bonneville with an optioned 403ci mill. Behind that is a 4L60 box that shifts like butter, surprisingly! The car was imported from America brand new in 1980, and the right-hand-drive conversion was done through the dealer. It’s currently sitting on some 16-inch stock Pontiac wheels with some gorgeous hubcaps. It is all original and drives like a cloud; it’s nicknamed The Mobsta!”
Jayden Gray – Chevrolet Camaro
“I’ve had this 1968 Camaro since I was a second year apprentice mechanic. After two years of racing and enjoyment I decided to strip it down for a rebuild with all brand-new parts, panels etc. I refreshed the engine as I’ve built a few motors in my spare time and love drag racing. It’s running a nitrous-fed Dart 406ci SBC backed by an SFI ’Glide and shortened nine-inch. It’s not quite finished yet, but it’s running and driving and will hopefully be finished in a couple of months. It’s been a five-year project so far.” Instagram @jaydeng406
Kate Dawson – Morris Oxford
“I am ‘the chick in the Morrie.’ The restoration of my 1956 Morris Oxford proves you can really do anything you put your mind to. In 2020 I took Melbourne’s pandemic lockdowns as an opportunity to dedicate my time and energy to restoring this classic Morris. The car arrived on a tow truck with no interior, a cracked front window, and no back window, but it was genuine love at first sight. Having previously had the opportunity to help my father restore a 1964 EH Holden wagon, this Morris was my opportunity to show my passion.”
Ajay Kandilas – BMW E12
“This is my 1977 BMW E12. I have had this car since I was 12. It has an I6 with triple Webers, and goes hard with the four-speed manual and Alpine speaker set-up.” Instagram @aj_2007
Aaron McInnes – Chevrolet El Camino
“I have my 1960 El Camino. It’s running a worked, high-comp 350 small-block, fully manualised Turbo 400 ‘box and a Ford nine-inch rear with an LSD and with 3.55:1 gears.” Instagram @aaron_mcinnes_
We’re still getting more ripper entries daily, so stay tuned here and on our social channels for more via the #ysmoty tag.